Skype now offers free group video calls on desktop and Xbox One

In order to compete with Google Hangouts, Skype has made group video calls free on the desktop and Xbox One consoles. Previously, the multi-pal chats were available via a premium subscription on the aforementioned platforms, but it's now accessible at no extra cost. And Microsoft's video-chatting service says its going to be free on more platforms "in the near future." Now that those visual conversations won't mean a hit to your wallet every month, Skype could be an attractive alternative to Mountain View's offering.